In Turning the Mediterranean into a sort of Neotethys, I focused only on tilting Africa to the extent that Gibraltar has become an isthmus connecting Africa to Europe, thus opening passage to the Indian Ocean at the expense of shutting the door to the Atlantic, thereby creating the Neo-Tethys Sea. This scenario is slightly different:
- Africa stays right where it is, but it is shaped differently, as though sea levels have risen by 77 meters.
- Physically absent from this scenario are the land masses of Israel, Turkey and Iran.
- The Caspian Basin is not land below sea level—it’s water.
- The average depth has deepened from 1500 meters to about 3767 meters.
With these mentioned changes, how would they affect the North African/European climate and landscape?